Computational Biology (BS)
DRAFT 2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018
Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.
This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Biological Sciences Department.
The bachelor of science in computational biology is a rigorous degree designed for students who seek cross-disciplinary education in biology, math, and computer science. The program provides the student with a broad scientific foundation suitable immediately upon graduation for careers in biological information analysis in fields like: bioinformatics, the biotechnology industry, medicine, research in computational biology or bioinformatics, healthcare, or the chemical and molecular disciplines.
Upon completion of the computational biology program, students will be able to:
- Explain the origin, rationale, and uses of large datasets used to study biological processes in living organisms.
- Perform computational analyses of biological datasets and relate the results to core principles in biology.
- Use computational methods to help execute a biological research plan.
- Analyze biological problems from global and ethical impact perspectives (impact of computational biology methods).
A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:
- 73 required credit hours
- Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
Core Courses (45 hours)
- BIOL 1550, 1551 Essentials of Biology I (5 hours)
- BIOL 1560, 1561 Essentials of Biology II (5 hours)
- BIOL 2010 Evolution (3 hours)
- BIOL 3050, 3051 Genetics (4 hours)
- BIOL 4400 Research Methods (3 hours)
- BIOL 4440 Senior Thesis for BS in Computational Biology (4 hours)
- CHEM 1100, 1101 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
- CHEM 1110, 1111 General Chemistry II (4 hours)
- CHEM 2100, 2101 Organic Chemistry I (4 hours)
- CHEM 3100, 3101 Biochemistry I (4 hours)
- MATH 1610 Calculus I (5 hours)
Biology Courses (10 hours)
- BIOL 1580 Introduction to Computational Biology (3 hour)
- BIOL 4050 Gene Expression (3 hours)
- BIOL 4800 Computational Biology (4 hours)
Math and Computer Science Courses (18 hours)
- COSC 1550 Computer Programming I (3 hours)
- COSC 1560 Computer Programming II (3 hours)
- CSIS or COSC 3000+ level course (3 hours)
- MATH 3200 Statistics (3 hours)
- MATH 3610 Probability (3 hours)
One of the following courses
- MATH 3210 Data Mining Foundations (3 hours)
- MATH 3220 Data Mining Methods (3 hours)